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Portal 2 is a first-person puzzle-platform video game developed by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to the 2007 video game Portal and was announced on March 5, 2010, following a week-long alternate reality game based on new patches to the original game. Though initially slated for release in the last quarter of 2010, the game was postponed to the week of April 18, 2011. The game was released by Valve through Steam for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, while the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and retail Windows/OS X versions of the game are distributed by Electronic Arts. The game's release on Steam was preceded by a second multi-week alternate reality game, the Potato Sack, involving 13 independently-developed titles which culminated in a distributed computing spoof to release Portal 2 several hours early.

Portal 2 primarily comprises a series of puzzles that must be solved by teleporting the player's character and simple objects using the "portal gun", a device that can create inter-spatial portals between two flat planes. The game's unique physics allow momentum to be retained through these portals, requiring creative use of portals to maneuver through the test chambers. Other gameplay elements were added to Portal 2 including tractor beams, laser redirection, and special paint-like gels that impart special properties to objects they touch. Similar to how the student team of Narbacular Drop were brought into Valve to expand their game to the basis of Portal, the team from Independent Games Festival-winning DigiPen student project Tag: The Power of Paint was hired by Valve to incorporate their game's paint mechanics into these new gels.

Within the single player campaign, the player returns as the human Chell, having awakened from stasis after many years. Chell must navigate the dilapidated Aperture Science Enrichment Center and its test chambers with the portal gun while the facility is rebuilt by the reactivated GLaDOS, an artificially intelligent computer. With a larger storyline Valve introduced additional characters including Wheatley, a robotic personality sphere voiced by Stephen Merchant, and recordings of Aperture Science CEO Cave Johnson, voiced by J.K. Simmons. Ellen McLain reprised the role of GLaDOS. Additional music from Jonathan Coulton and The National appear in the game. Portal 2 also includes a two-player co-operative mode in which the player-characters, robots Atlas and P-body, must work together to complete each test chamber using their own individual portal guns.

Though many reviewers were concerned about the difficulty of expanding Portal into a full sequel, critics universally praised Portal 2. The game's writing, pacing, and black humor were highlighted as stand-out elements, with critics applauding the voice work of McLain, Merchant, and Simmons. Reviews also highlighted the new gameplay elements, the game's challenging but surmountable learning curve, and the addition of the co-operative mode.
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ESRB:  E10+
Number of Players:  Single-player, Co-operative
Publisher:  Valve Corporation
Developer:  Valve Corporation
Console:  Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Mac OS X
Genre:  Puzzle Action
Release Date:  April 19, 2011 (NA)
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review by . September 03, 2011
posted in The Gaming Hub
When the original Portal was released in The Orange Box it was quite a surprise that of all the games in it... Portal was the one that stuck out the most.  No one, not even Valve, thought Portal would eventually be what people would pick The Orange Box for, let alone that it would sell well over four million copies worldwide (and that's not even including how many millions of copies it has sold on Steam).  At the time, the idea of a sequel just didn't seem like it would happen.  …
Quick Tip by . May 24, 2012
posted in Siliconera Bounce
I just beat Portal 2 and this is one of the best videogame sequels I've ever played, along with Dead Space 2, Streets of Rage 2, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2.       The fine developers at Valve improved upon the first game my making more complex puzzles and a longer single-player mode.  Along with these improvements, they also added a new character, which is a computerized personality core named Wheatley, whose loyalty to you is ambiguous.  …
review by . April 24, 2011
posted in The Gaming Hub
Portal 2 is a Strong Contender for The Best Game of 2011
In 2007 Valve Software released Portal and watched it garner rave reviews and tons of awards for game of the year and other achievements. Originally planned as companion material in their Orange Box set which featured Half Life 2 Episode Two, and Team Fortress 2, the Portal game soon spread like wildfire when gamers fell in love with the story and unique blend of action and puzzle-solving. Fans have eagerly awaited a new chapter in the series and thankfullyPortal 2 has finally arrived …
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